'American Idol' was'miserable' and 'traumatic' for David Archuleta, according to him.

David Archuleta was only seventeen years old when he finished second in season seven of "American Idol" in 2008, behind David Cook.

Archuleta has released eight albums, made cameos on shows like "Hannah Montana" and "iCarly," and toured with Demi Lovato since his time on "American Idol," but in a new interview with Variety, the now 30-year-old opened up about what his experience on the show was really like and how he dealt with becoming a household name as a shy teenager from Utah.

Archuleta admits in the interview that he couldn't understand why tens of millions of Americans kept voting for him to stay in the competition.

"I felt so cut off from everything," Archuleta explained.

"I'm piecing together what actually happened 13 years later, but it's still a process because I don't understand why people were so into it."

Most of the season seven finalists, according to the "Crush" singer, had nervous breakdowns at some point during their time on "American Idol." Archuleta himself described his experience as "miserable" and "traumatic."

"I'm afraid to blame things on 'American Idol,' because something in me is programmed to say, 'I have to be grateful, because where would I be without it?'" Archuleta told Variety. However, he said that in conversations with other "American Idol" alums, they've all agreed that "we all have trust issues."

"We were told, 'You can't trust anyone anymore, not even your own family,'" Archuleta said.

"From the first audition, the way they spoke to us, it was like they were grooming us, like 'you're powerless little bugs; if you step out of line, you're out of here, and you're going to lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.'"

When Archuleta was on "American Idol," the media portrayed his father as an overbearing "dadager."

"Anything to make it look like my father is this evil man, and poor little helpless David," Archuleta said in an interview with Variety.

In 2018, Archuleta told Yahoo! Entertainment, "I think one of the biggest misconceptions people had was with my father."

"People assumed my father had a lot more control than he did; yes, I don't always get along with my parents, and I did have some issues with my father, but I believe a lot of those issues stemmed from 'American Idol.'"

Archuleta told Yahoo! Entertainment that talking to other "American Idol" alums about his experience on the show, such as David Cook, Kris Allen, Brooke White, and Melinda Doolittle, has made him feel less alone.

"When we get together, we're all able to talk, and it's like, 'Oh my gosh, you're going through the same thing I'm going through! I thought I was the only one,'" Archuleta explained.

Melinda Doolittle even referred him to a therapist she'd met who "specializes in people who have appeared on reality television shows."

Archuleta is still making music, just in a way that feels right for him, despite his complicated feelings toward the show that launched his career.

"Beast," his most recent single, was released in October 2021.

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